OK — this is pretty “out there” but bear with me…I have a theory about the Samsung Galaxy Note 6, Android N and ChromeOS
The Galaxy Note 6 will apparently feature 6GB of RAM. This comes via sources in China, who claim to be familiar with the handset, which is expected to land later on this year — likely late-Q2, early-Q3.
That is an INSANE amount of memory for a smartphone, even by Samsung’s and Android’s usual standards. And this got me thinking - perhaps Samsung is cooking up something a little bit different for this year’s Galaxy Note release.
This is very much speculation, however, so please do not take this is fact; it’s merely a set of musings on my part about something that could, potentially, be very cool if (BIG if) two separate rumours turn out to be true.
The second is this week’s rumour that the handset will feature 6GB of RAM, a frankly stupid amount of memory for a phone. How they come together is simple; 6GB of RAM, if true, implies Samsung has bigger ideas for the Galaxy Note 6 than just being a phablet with a stylus.
That kind of memory, paired with the Snapdragon 812 or new Exynos setup, could easily power along a very competitive laptop experience — especially if it ran something lightweight like ChromeOS.
Over the past 18 months, there has been plenty of talk about Google merging ChromeOS with Android. Microsoft has a unified platform now with Windows 10 and Apple has begun implementing elements of iOS into OS X, though Cook and Boys’ have flat out denied the two platforms would ever become unified.
And then there’s Android N. Does Samsung know something we don’t about Android N? Could this next big update from Google be the one that ties Android and ChromeOS together? Might the Galaxy Note 6 run Android and then, once docked with the dummy laptop, boot up ChromeOS?
Maybe. Maybe not. Either way, it is an interesting thought all the same. It’d certainly explain why the Note 6 would need 6GB of RAM. Imagine all of Google’s Android partners being able to do something similar? Now THAT would be very interesting.
Things like a 4K display and a decent keyboard and trackpad would make the idea even more compelling, negating the need for a proper laptop for a lot of people. I know I can function perfectly well with just a Chromebook, providing I have a decent desktop at home for heavier lifting.
As I said, this is all speculation on my part. But given what’s happened in the past 12 months — Surface Pro 4, the iPad Pro, the prospect of Android N — I feel something like this would not only inject a bit of life into the mobile space, but also give Android partners like Samsung the ability to make true post-PC machines.
Love to hear your thoughts on the matter, guys. Hit me up in the comments below!